Bookpod was a weekly podcast of audio essays by writers of lasting value. The website was sunset in 2013. Here is a sampling of episodes from among the 48 interviews I published:

Joseph Berger talks about The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York and about Displaced Persons, books about the immigrant experience.


Doris Betts talks about the biblical influences on Heading West, her novel about a fateful kidnap.


Jonathan Brent talks about The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, a vast print and online history of Eastern European Jews from their first settlement in the region to the present day.


Also: Listen to Jonathan Brent talk about The Pincus of Metz and the Encyclopedia editors’ efforts to ascertain where Eastern Europe began and ended.


David Farley talks about An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town, his travel memoir about the search for the holy prepuce.


Chris Welles Feder talks about  In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles, her memoir about the director, actor and magician who was her father.


David Freeland talks about  Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure, his history of New York’s lost monuments to a foregone nightlife.


Alan Furst talks about The Spies of Warsaw, a novel about a Charles de Gaulle-like colonel who tries to speak truth to power.


Susan Jane Gilman talks about Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, in which two college girls go off to experience real life in a communist country and discover that they are babes in the woods.


Philip Gourevitch talks about the Rwandan genocide and the questions he had that led him to write We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families.


David Grann talks about The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, a collection of stranger-than-fiction articles written for various magazines that explores the murder, madness and obsession that all too often define the human condition.


William Grimes talks about Appetite City, a chronicle of New York City’s culinary habits from the days of the Dutch to the current melange of ethnic eateries.


Adam Hochschild talks about King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, an investigation of the events that led to the nineteenth-century genocide of the Congolese people.


Phillip Lopate talks about the impact his mother, a late-in-life actress, had on his writing and his life.


Nathaniel Philbrick talks about The Last Stand, the book he wrote to explore the actors of the Battle of Little Bighorn — and the beginning of the end for traditional Native American culture.


Said Sayrafiezadeh talks about When Skateboards Will Be Free, a memoir about his childhood in the Socialist Workers Party.


Linda Appleman Shapiro talks about Four Rooms Upstairs, a memoir about her loving — and mentally ill — mother.


Alexander Stille talks about Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism, a history of the Jews in Mussolini’s Italy.


Jonathan Tropper talks about This Is Where I Leave You, a novel that considers what happens when you are forced to bare your most private humiliations to the people who think they know you best.


Brenda Rickman Vantrease talks about The Heretic’s Wife, a novel about the brave individuals who risked their lives to translate the Bible into English.


Jay Varner talks about Nothing Left to Burn, his memoir about his arsonist grandfather and firefighter father.


Peter Wortsman, a delinquent Hans Christian Andersen, recalls a trip to a Russian shvitz outside St. Petersburg.



Last updated on April 24, 2015


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